2-Ingredient Creamsicle Cake

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It doesn’t get any easier than this 2-ingredient Creamsicle cake, made with cake mix and orange soda! It’s light and fluffy and full of creamy citrus flavor!

orange cake slice with 2 cans of Sunkist; text overlay "Creamsicle Sunkist Sheet Cake"

Creamsicle Cake

This luscious orange cake tastes just like a creamsicle! The combination of sweet orange and creamy vanilla is downright irresistible and makes a tasty spring or summer treat.

However, the best part about this cake is that it is SO EASY. You only need 2 ingredients to make the cake itself: white cake mix and orange soda. Really, that’s all!

You can add you own frosting or use our orange-infused frosting recipe that’s also included in this post. Either way, this is a melt-in-your-mouth citrusy dessert that the whole family will love! Perfect for birthdays or summer potlucks!

Related: Try our Creamsicle flavored Orange Loaf Cake recipe too!

How Does Soda Work With Cake Mix?

The soda contains carbon dioxide bubbles. These little bubbles act as a leavening agent and also replace the wet ingredients you’d usually add to a boxed cake mix (eggs, oil, etc.) The result is a light and fluffy cake that’s full of extra flavor!

slice of orange creamsicle cake with white frosting

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 can orange soda (such as Sunkist)
  • 1 box white cake mix (15 ounce box)

Creamsicle Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TB milk

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • Orange sprinkles
  • Orange slices
ingredients to make creamsicle cake: can of orange soda and cake mix. Also shows frosting ingredients in bowls.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

top-down view of a creamsicle cake and cans of orange soda

Instructions

To Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×11″ baking dish.

Cake Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix and orange soda for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting, or our homemade creamsicle icing (recipe below).
2 photo collage showing mixing orange soda with cake mix
2 photo collage: orange cake batter in bowl and in baking dish

Icing Directions:

  1. Pour 2 cup orange soda into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the soda reduces to about 1/4th the original volume (or until about 2 ounces remain). Allow to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the reduced Sunkist soda. Beat to incorporate, then add the milk as needed to achieve a spreadable texture. Adjust the color with orange food dye, if desired.
  4. Use an offset spatula to frost the cooled cake.
  5. Garnish with sprinkles and orange slices (optional).
2 photo collage showing pouring orange soda into a saucepan
2 photo collage showing how to spread white icing and top with orange sprinkles

Prep Tips

  • To achieve the fun texture shown in the pictures, use short strokes to spread the frosting, then go back over the frosted cake and rough it up a bit.
  • We used orange sugar sprinkles on our cake – they give the cake a little pop of crunch that really reminds me of soda! You’re welcome to use your own favorite toppings.
  • You don’t have to use the homemade icing recipe above. A great time saver is using whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, for the frosting. You could also use canned frosting.
slice of orange cake with white frosting and an orange slice on top

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Yield: 16 servings

2-Ingredient Orange Creamsicle Cake

slice of orange cake with white icing

It doesn't get any easier than this 2-ingredient Creamsicle cake, made with cake mix and orange soda! It's light and fluffy and full of citrus flavor!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 can Orange Soda
  • 1 box White Cake Mix (15oz box)

Creamsicle Frosting

  • 1 cup orange soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TB milk

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • Orange sprinkles
  • Orange slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x11" baking dish.
  2. Beat together the cake mix and orange soda for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Frosting Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of orange soda to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until the soda reduces to about 1/4th of its initial volume (or until about 2 ounces of soda remains). Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes, then add the reduced Sunkist soda. Beat to incorporate, then add the milk as needed to achieve a spreadable texture. Adjust the color with orange food dye, if desired.
  4. Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting on the cooled cake.
  5. Garnish with sprinkles and orange slices, as desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate only.

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